The Associated Press May 31, 2011, 6:34AM ET

E. coli outbreak kills woman in Sweden

A mysterious bacterial outbreak in Europe linked to tainted vegetables has claimed its first reported fatality outside Germany.

A Swedish hospital said Tuesday that a woman in her 50s died there after being infected by the bacteria linked to tainted vegetables. Officials at the hospital in Boras, southwestern Sweden, say the woman was admitted there on May 29 after a trip to Germany.

German media have reported a total of 14 people are suspected to have died in Germany from the enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, bacteria, which has been found on cucumbers imported from Spain though the exact source is unknown. Hundreds of people also have been sickened in other European countries, and Russia's chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany, pending further notice.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's national disease control center says the number of people falling ill in connection with a mysterious bacterial outbreak linked to tainted vegetables continues to rise.

Robert Koch Institute said Tuesday that more than 1,150 people have been affected by the bacteria and that it has confirmed nine deaths.

German media has reported a total of 14 people are suspected to have died from the enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, bacteria, which has been found on cucumbers imported from Spain though the exact source is unknown.

Hundreds of people also have been sickened in other European countries, and Russia's chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany, pending further notice.


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